Announcement 1 inch buttons: Funny, geeky, quirky, cute, artsy (friendly sarcasm too!) All buttons are available with your choice of pinback, magnet, or keychain. Also introducing interchangeable button magnet necklaces: Transform your one inch magnet button collection from simple fridge or locker decorations and into great looking jewelry!
1 inch buttons: Funny, geeky, quirky, cute, artsy (friendly sarcasm too!) All buttons are available with your choice of pinback, magnet, or keychain. Also introducing interchangeable button magnet necklaces: Transform your one inch magnet button collection from simple fridge or locker decorations and into great looking jewelry!
Theresa Rader on Feb 9, 2017
So cute! Just love this quote! Thank you!
From collector to creator.
"P-O-O-K-A. Pooka. From old Celtic mythology, a fairy spirit in animal form, always very large. The pooka appears here and there, now and then, to this one and that one. A benign but mischievous creature. Very fond of rumpots, crackpots, and how are you, Mr. Wilson?"
When I was just a kid, I received a gift: The goofiest looking plastic contraption I'd ever seen. It reminded me of a bulbous purple cactus with a tunnel cut through the middle. A weird conveyor belt made of hard plastic ran through that tunnel; it really was a bizarre little machine, but most of all it was fascinating.
I soon discovered, after the initial boggling wore off, that it was a kid-safe button pin maker! It came complete with noisy ratcheting plastic gears, bulky button parts, and safety pins to glue onto the back when the button was done. Of course, I had to provide my own graphics. I remember looking through some old magazines and selecting my first "designs", and then carefully cutting out circles and following the machine's instructions to make my first buttons.
The end product may have been beautiful in the eyes of a kid, but let's just say that I'm glad my tastes in pinback buttons have gotten more refined over the years. Still, it was a fun toy and it turns out that the silly machine sparked my love of collecting higher quality, professionally-pressed pinback buttons. I now have a big bin of one-inch wonders from all over the world to show for it.
As far as hobbies go, pinback buttons are incredibly collectible, highly wearable and best of all, usually inexpensive. You can collect as many or as few as you desire. Every maker has a different aesthetic too, and I love that.
Somewhere along the way, after years of collecting pinbacks from other people, I began to view those one-inch buttons as tiny canvases. They could be canvases for abstract art, snarky sayings, photography, nearly anything at all. I realized that making my own buttons could be a fantastic outlet for my own creativity. Not only could I make the buttons I'd always wanted (but could never seem to find), I could also share those designs with others, just as other button makers have done!
In my spare time, I began to do exhaustive research into the process of professional button making. I created an Etsy shop ahead of time and learned how Etsy worked as well. Finally, In early 2013 - and with the help of some very generous individuals - I purchased the needed professional-grade button making tools from Tecre. I wanted to ensure the buttons I make are always of excellent quality, so I insisted on getting the best tools for the job.
It's been a year since I officially launched Pooka Creations on Etsy. This is only the beginning for me, and I'm loving it. I've sent my buttons off to some really lovely people in various parts of the world, and it's great knowing others are enjoying my designs.
Though I started by offering only pinbacks, I've since branched into magnets and interchangeable necklaces - all while continuing to add more creative designs to my available selection. The versatility of a one-inch canvas continues to amaze me, and I've decided to embrace that flexibility!
Thank you for reading, and I hope you'll join me in looking forward to what the coming years have in store for Pooka Creations.
(The opening quote is a memorable line from Harvey, a 1944 play that was adapted for the silver screen in 1950. Written by Mary Chase, directed by Henry Koster and starring Jimmy Stewart, I highly recommend it to all.)
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photography, Shipping
Mandilyn is a Yankee transplanted into the south, living with her partner and also-Yankee cat. Life should be viewed with a sense of wonder, and the important questions should always be asked. Like whether or not that cloud looks like an elephant.
Braveheart is the true mastermind behind this operation. Just try to deny it. He takes his job very seriously. Every box placed on the floor is inspected thoroughly and completely. (The box pictured was given a 7 out of 10 for nap-worthiness.)
When wrestling with reality, he helps you win out over it.
I ask that all customers take a moment to carefully read my policies as well as item descriptions prior to purchase. The most complete and current policy information can always be found on this policy page.
If there are ever any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me via Etsy.
All buttons are made and packaged in a smoke-free, cat-friendly home.
POTENTIAL CHOKING HAZARD: Small Objects
The majority of my products are small (1 inch diameter) and are not intended for children under 6 years. My products are fashion accessories and are not toys.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Once payment has been made, your order should be packaged and handed over to the post office within three normal business days. In the unlikely event that there will be a noticeable delay in my ability to ship an item, I will contact you.
I ship throughout the US via USPS First Class. First Class shipping includes a padded envelope of appropriate size, and tracking.
I offer a USPS Priority Mail UPGRADE for domestic US shipping. You can find this upgrade during checkout. Your Priority Mail upgrade will include insurance (up to $50) and tracking. Either a padded envelope or small box will be used for your priority upgrade as appropriate. Priority mail is also slightly faster than First Class in some cases.
*FEBRUARY 2016 UPDATE* International Shipping is not currently available. This is due to 2016's updated and incredibly high international package costs. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. International shipping may return at a later date, after existing options and other considerations have been reviewed by this shop. Thank you for understanding!
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
The majority of my products are small (1 inch diameter) and are not intended for children under 6 years. All of my products are fashion accessories and are not toys.
I take great care when I design, press and package my buttons.
I do my best to accurately describe and photograph my items. Sometimes there may be slight shine or glare in photographs. This is a product of lighting and/or flash, and is not actually part of the button itself.
Factors such as monitor quality and calibration can create slight color variations between the photographs and items in-hand, but I do try to minimize that where I can. Such variation is normal and usually quite minor.
Thank you for carefully reading my policies as well as item descriptions prior to purchase. If there are ever any questions or concerns at any step of the process, please do not hesitate to contact me via Etsy.